Jane is our Student of the Month for July. Jane can be found here multiple times a week practicing yoga. It’s how she takes her practice off of the mat that inspires great appreciation for her many talents and generosity. Jane does so much for this community; creating and donating jewelry for Zen&Now, donating plants to sell, picking weeds, revitalizing the pond, the list goes on…. We would like to express our immense gratitude for all of that you have done and continue to do. You are true light and we are truly grateful to have you in our community! Here’s what Jane has to say:
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked? This community plays a huge roll as it has always been so welcoming, and supportive. I also can feel myself slowly getting stronger, and more flexible. This is my happy place!
What is your favorite pose? Interesting how this answer can change! Right now, I am thrilled when we do waterfall. I could practically fall asleep in that pose it is so restorative to me.
What is your most challenging pose? Anything that bends me backwards. I am so tight across the chest, I can barely clasp my hands behind my back.
What is your favorite time/place to practice? Anytime at Asheville Community Yoga. I have a hard time practicing at home as all I can focus on around me is the “to do” list. I can’t seem to clear my mind and settle in. But once I walk into this community, I have intention and focus, and love every minute in class.
How has yoga changed your life? Wow, where do I begin?!? Yoga is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I realized, as I typed this, this is one thing that has changed because of yoga. As a mom, and a nurse, I love doing for others. But yoga, I do for me. Now that is a big step, putting me first. Thank you for opening that door for me.
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself? Happy, energetic, curious
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice? How thankful I am, for everything. For having the time to come to practice, and a body that can still move & bend, and a mind that can follow the guidance given by the instructor. I’m have so blessed.
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share? I love to garden and do yard work. I’m slower than I used to be, but I adore being outdoors. My indoor hobby is jewelry making and crochet/knitting. I’m always looking to learn something new. I’d like to take a painting class, maybe Mandela patterns on rocks, to put out by the studio pond. Know anyone who can teach me that?
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga? My son, Ryan Flannelly. He was in PTA school here in Asheville, and lived not far from the studio. We would visit, I lived and worked in Virginia Beach at the time, and he would tell me about this studio, and the instructors, the generosity of making yoga available to all, the whole package. He told me over and over, “Mom, you would LOVE it”. Once I moved here, it took a bit of courage to come in, as I hadn’t done yoga in years, but once I walked through the door, I knew I found home.
Do you have a spirit animal? Yes! If so, what is it? Sea Turtle